History of Love (2018) by Sonja Prosenc, presented in Main Competition at Karlovy vary IFF received the Special Mention Grand Jury Award.
“Prosenc has kept her intensely sensorial approach that impressed audiences and critics alike in her first film, but has moved away from the socio-political angle that it had, focusing on intimate family relations, and particularly the main protagonist’s inner world. // Mitja Ličen’s cinematography is rich and varied, and so are the settings. From the streets of Ljubljana to the family’s large house in the suburbs to the lush banks of the river, the DoP lets the camera flow, pan and follow Iva, in both sunny daylight and nocturnal scenes illuminated by lanterns, torches or smartphone screens. Also, the camera often goes underwater – one of the most consistent leitmotifs of the film. This is where Iva’s hearing impediment comes into play, through the very creative and meticulously executed sound design. Combined with the score, featuring some of Bach’s most sweeping choral pieces, the sound and images create a distinct world that belongs to Iva – and where reality and imagination overlap without any clear borders.” (Cineuropa, July 2018)
The film is a co-production between Slovenia, Italy and Norway, supported by Eurimages and developed with TorinoFilmLab and Midpoint. Read more about the film here.
Croatian audiovisual centre supported a short film Paradise (Raj) written by Despina Ladi, co-directed by Mitja Ličen and Sonja Prosenc. With the support the film became an official Slovenian-Croatian co-production between production companies Monoo (SI) and Wolfgang i Dolly (CRO).
“With a dream-like atmosphere this visually impressive story on the trail of the French new wave follows a couple on vacation trying to breathe new passion into their relationship, inspired by an unexpected circumstance.” (Croatian audiovisual centre – HAVC)
For more about the film go to PARADISE.
Second feature film by Sonja Prosenc History of Love was selected to Karlovy Vary IFF Main Competition Program.
Lenka Tyrpáková, KVIFF programmer, wrote about the film:
European Film Promotion unveiled 2018 Producers on the Move.
Rok Sečen, producer from the Monoo film production company is one of 20 selected European producers. During the five-day event between May 10 – 14, the exclusive group will take part in a tailor-made programme in order to foster international co-productions, intensify the exchange of experiences and help create new professional networks.
Short Bio: After graduating from university, Rok initially worked as an advisor to the general secretary at the Ministry of Education before becoming a producer in 2012. He produced Sonja Prosenc’s award-winning and critically acclaimed debut THE TREE, which was Slovenia’s Oscar entry in 2016, and continued the collaboration by producing her HISTORY OF LOVE and developing the dark comedy drama REDEMPTION. In addition, Rok is working with the Bosnian director Ines Tanovic on her next feature SON.
At its 147th meeting held from 19 to 23 June 2017 in Bratislava, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund supported 25 fiction projects, among them also new projects by Asghar Farhadi, Radu Jude, Matteo Garrone, Mira Fornay.